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People & Power
On the Coalface
Inside one of China's deadly coal mines, plus Mindanao's brutal vigilante groups.
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2009 08:56 GMT

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China's extraordinary economic growth is fuelled by coal.

It is a booming industry as well as a deadly one, with over 6,000 miners killed last year alone.

Filmmaker Yang Shaobin is a former policeman from the heart of China's coal country. He travelled into one of China's state-owned coal mines, where the air is thick with coal dust.

Inevitably it will end up coating the lungs of every miner, causing emphysema, silicosis and black-lung disease to name but a few.

Many are less fortunate - flooding, collapsing mine shafts and even the dry coal dust igniting into fireballs make working these mines a daily dice with death.
 
The majority of accidents and deaths occur in the illegal mines in China's industrial heartlands where men toil in tunnels, hundreds of miles of dark and damp, where their deaths go unnoticed.

Mindanao Militia

The conflict in the Philippines is breathing new life into Christian vigilantes 
In part two of People & Power Orlando De Guzman reports on how the renewed conflict in Mindanao is breathing new life into Christian vigilante groups.

Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, is often called the 'promised land' and for many Filipinos it offered a dream of a better future.

Its riches, however, have also been its curse. Within the island's stunning beauty exists a brutal conflict over resources, an ongoing war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives since it began more than 40 years ago, involving Muslim rebels, known as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and government troops.
 
The Philippine government has long relied on Christian vigilante groups to fight the Muslim and communist insurgencies on the island. One such group, known as the 'Ilaga' or 'The Rats', was notorious for its brutal killings of civilians. 

This episode of People & Power airs from Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 0130GMT, 1230GMT and 1930GMT; Wednesday 0330GMT, 1030GMT and 2230GMT; Thursday 1030GMT.

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